Monthly Archives: February 2020

Read-and-Publish Open Access deals are heightening global inequalities in access to publication

(21 Feb 2020)  One of the most significant impacts of Plan S (the drive to initiate an open access transition in scholarly publishing) has been to accelerate interest in national level read-and-publish deals. Whilst these deals have streamlined open access provision in the Global North, Jefferson Pooley argues that they lock in and exacerbate existing inequalities in scholarly […]

February 27, 2020 1:55 pm

New Zealand: notes from Archiving Email 2020 Symposium

(19 Feb 2020)  On 30 January 2020, archivists, digital preservationists, records managers, librarians, academics, and IT specialists from across Aotearoa and Australia came together in Wellington to discuss the particular challenges and opportunities in preserving email. See the full programme here Read the full notes of the symposium here

February 27, 2020 1:46 pm

Smithsonian releases 2.8 million free images

(25 Feb 2020) The Smithsonian announced today the launch of Smithsonian Open Access, an initiative that removes Smithsonian copyright restrictions from about 2.8 million of its digital collection images and nearly two centuries of data. This means that people everywhere can now download, transform and share this open access content for any purpose, for free, without further […]

February 27, 2020 1:40 pm

Queensland University of Technology is hiring University Librarian

(26 Feb 2020)  QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a ‘real world’ focus.  As one of Australia’s fastest-growing research universities, QUT invests heavily in collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research environments, and its courses are in high demand. QUT Library is seen as a market leader providing dynamic and innovative access […]

February 27, 2020 1:15 pm

Wall Street Journal to launch The Experience Report

The Experience Report, Sponsored by SAP, Will Share News & Analysis On How Experiences—The Interactions with Products, Brands and Companies—Drive Success (24 Feb 2020) The Wall Street Journal today launched The Experience Report, a new digital offering that delivers news and analysis on the ways that companies optimize data, technology and design to drive successful interactions […]

February 27, 2020 1:02 pm

SAGE Open Access Portal launched to streamline open access publishing process

(24 Feb 2020) SAGE Publishing announces the launch of a new portal that enables authors, consortia, libraries, and funders to manage the open access publishing workflow. Named the SAGE Open Access Portal, the platform currently supports SAGE Choice, the publisher’s hybrid Open Access (OA) publishing option, for 900+ journals. Later in 2020, it will be extended […]

February 27, 2020 12:58 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 44 Part 1: what’s the best university for an international student? Metrics from the student’s perspective

By Ruth A. Pagell* What is the most international university? How do Malaysian universities compare to other Asian universities? What university is the most popular? What is the best city for students? “The direct measurement of teaching mission is virtually unfeasible and those evaluations based on surveys (subjective), ratios of students/scholar (data unreliable and results […]

February 27, 2020 12:38 pm

Eclat Engineering makes executive appointment to lead global growth

Mark Ritchie, a Senior Technology Executive, Provides Leadership as Vice President of Business Development (25 Feb 2020) As part of Eclat Engineering’s strategic growth plan to widen its product offering and expand its global reach, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Ritchie. As the former Director of Libraries at PressReader, Mark […]

February 26, 2020 2:28 pm

Report: Evaluation of the cancellation of the Bibsam Consortium’s journal agreement with Elsevier

(14 Feb 2020)  National Library of Sweden recently published its report on “Evaluation of the cancellation of the Bibsam Consortium’s journal agreement with Elsevier: Consequences of the cancellation 2018-2019”. The report gives a detailed description on the background of the cancellation, and how the cancellation effect on researchers, publishers, and research organizations within the consortium. […]

February 26, 2020 10:41 am

Reforming research assessment: a tough nut to crack

(18 Feb 2020)  Earlier this month the Center for Open Science (COS) formally launched TOP Factor, an alternative to the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) based primarily on the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines. Alison Mudditt, Vice Chair of the COS Board explained more in detail and the background behind. Read the full story from […]

February 26, 2020 10:24 am

A Publisher’s perspective on the 1st year of the open access transformation deal

(15 Jan 2020) On January 15th, 2019 Wiley was the first publisher to sign a transformational agreement with Projekt DEAL. We talked to Lorna Stimson, Publishing Director Germany, Wiley, about the implementation of the Projekt DEAL agreement at Wiley and wanted to hear about her experiences with hosting Projekt DEAL related events at eligible institutions across […]

February 26, 2020 10:16 am

India: Aizawl’s free roadside library impresses netizens

(24 Feb 2020)  A mini roadside library in Mizoram’s capital Aizawl has gone viral on social media. This roadside library encourages reading habits and helps in building community by providing access to exchange free books. Read more from the New Indian Express here.  

February 26, 2020 8:47 am

New Zealand: library staff face increasing threats and violence, report finds

(20 Feb 2020) Librarians are increasingly the target of violence and anti-social behaviour in Auckland, according to a new report. There were 533 incidents where council staff called its security team, including 60 where police were involved, in the three months to December 2019. Read the full report here.  

February 26, 2020 8:41 am

Mini libraries built in temporary COVID-19 hospitals in Wuhan

(20 Feb 2020) Libraries and bookstores have joined hands to build 18 mini-libraries in temporary hospitals in China’s Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to lend “spiritual support” to patients there. The full story is here.  

February 25, 2020 2:55 pm

Call for applications: World Book Capital 2022

(25 Feb 2020) Interested cities and towns have until 25 June 2020 in order to submit their candidacies to be UNESCO World Book Capital 2020. IFLA encourages libraries to approach their local authorities to explore whether they can support a bid. The World Book Capital programme provides an opportunity to promote and celebrate cities and town which are […]

February 25, 2020 10:58 am